Driving to work alongside the scenic and sprawling Tahunanui beach, Paul Steere, Chief Executive of New Zealand King Salmon (NZKS), had reason to smile at the holidaymakers who bathed in the glorious Nelson sun. A recent industry report had revealed NZKS to be in the top 1-2% of salmon farming companies around the world in terms of profitability. It was a far cry from the trying times the company had gone through some years previously. Paul and others in the executive team had the firm conviction that the turnaround was due in no small measure to NZKS’s concerted attempts to engage in R&D even in financially troubled periods.
In actual fact, Paul had convened a strategy meeting for that morning, following the three-day Waitangi weekend of 2004. The executive team of NZKS comprised, besides Paul, Don Everitt, GM (Sales & Marketing) who also oversaw new product development (NPD), Bryce Gilchrist, who was GM (Corporate Services & Finance), Paul McHugh, who was GM (Manufacturing), and Stewart Hawthorn, the GM (Aquaculture). The agenda was the budgeting and allocation of investment in R&D: a vertically integrated company such as NZKS naturally offered several avenues for such investment, thereby invariably calling for tradeoffs.
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|Business Case Study No||UA-2004-004|
|Number of Pages||16|
|Category||Decision point; Teaching case|
|Company||New Zealand King Salmon Company Limited|
|Setting - Country||New Zealand|
|Setting - City||Nelson|
|Source||Auckland, NZ. Publisher: University of Auckland Business Case Centre. Pages: 1 - 17|